A View on YouTube is not easy to come by. One gotta really like what they are watching or they will skip ahead and watch billions of other visual alternatives. So, for a YouTube video to have over 2 billion views, the content must have been really good.
YouTube viewers are estimated to be over 1.3 Billion across the world. They watch over 5 Billion videos every day, from an estimated upload rate of 300 Hours per minute. As at today, mid – March 2019, there are just about 30 videos that have broken the 2 Billion Mark. 2,000,000,000! That’s like a quarter of the world! If on average a video lasts 3 and a half minutes, that’s 7 Billion Minutes of viewership. 117 Million Hours. Almost 5 Million Days or if you like, 13,000 Years of viewership. That’s why only just about 30 internet sensations have been able to hit this mark. Below are the top 10 videos in viewership, in ascending order, as at March 17th, 2019.
- Despacito – Luis Fonsi ft Daddy Yankee
This Spanish Masterpiece was uploaded in January 2017. In slightly over 2 years, it has garnered 6 Billion views. Funny because only 437 Million People across the world speak and understand Spanish. I also viewed it dozens of times with no clue what Despacito was, where she was going and who she was with, if at all she is a woman.
2. Shape of You – Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran is often made fun of for having a very fond voice and not a very camera – friendly face. Well, his not so appealing face has attracted 4.1 Billion views, probably because of the black lady he meets at the gym and they work out something, pun Intended.
3. See You Again – Wiz Khalifa ft Charlie Puth
Who does not remember this one? Highly remembered as the soundtrack of Fast and Furious 7, it features Paul Walker’s (R.I.P) previous Fast & Furious moments which emotionally sparks memories and pain of the fallen hero who passed on after being involved in an accident in November, 2013.
In the words of Paul, “If one day speed kills me Don’t cry Because I was smiling”
Uploaded in July 2015, See You Again has garnered 4.03 Billion Views in 3 Years and 8 Months.
4. Masha and the Bear (Recipe for Disaster)
Masha and the bear is a Russian cartoon that was released in January 2012. With 3.5 Billion views, it is the only non – music video that sits in the top 10 most viewed YouTube videos.
5. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars
Uploaded in November, 2014, the video has garnered 3.49 Billion Views. The quintet of Justin Beiber and 4 other colourfully – dressed gentlemen dancing on the streets spark a lot of online attention.
6. Gangnam Style – PSY
Gangnam Style has been on YouTube for 6 Years, 8 months and has garnered 3.3 Billion Views, and is still counting! It was highly popularised due to Psy’s Korean dance of jumping up and down with arms and legs spread out across like a kangaroo.
7. Sorry – Justin Beiber
Beliebers where you at?
The song is highly accredited for igniting urban dance moves, from the multi – coloured ladies that feature in the apologetic song.
Uploaded in October, 2015, it has garnered 3.1 Billion views in just 3 Years and 4 Months.
8. Sugar – Maroon 5
Have you ever been surprised by a Live band on your wedding day?
And not just any band, but Maroon 5! That’s what the video is all about and I can bet that two – thirds of the 2.9 Billion views from sugar are of future brides showing their fiances the kind of surprise they are expecting for their upcoming weddings.
9. Roar – Katy Perry
‘Isn’t it eye – catching to see a cute Katy Perry running up and down in a jungle, trying to survive? In a Tarzan outfit, she combines nature with urban life and the 2.7 Billion views are proof that this is an epic combination.
10. Shake it Off – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift shook off her critics with this jam in August 2014 and has garnered 2.7 Billion views from it. Again, majority of this viewership may be credited to the young generation who always think they have haters that need to be shaken off.
Others that have hit the 2 Billion Mark include: Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran, Bailando by Enrique Iglesias, Counting Stars by One Republic, Dark Horse by Katy Perry, Hello by Adele and Blank Space by Taylor Swift.